Curator, Official Residneces Crown Collection

Company: 
The Crown Collection
Description: 

ENVIRONMENT, CAPITAL LANDS AND PARKS BRANCH
OFFICIAL RESIDENCES DIVISION
Classification: RE-06
Salary (per annum) : $69,764 to $94,225 (Information regarding benefits)
One (1) Permanent position

OPEN TO: NCC employees and the general public
Language Requirements: Bilingual imperative: English CBC / French CBC
Security:
Secret

JOB SUMMARY: 

The Official Residences of Canada are living and working residences, heritage designated buildings and national symbols.  The Crown Collection is used to furnish the official residences, both the private and state areas, and to create inspiring settings for the conduct of state events and ceremonies.  The collection, comprised of over 6000 historic and cultural objects, is of national significance and value to Canada.  The National Capital Commission (NCC), as custodian and steward of the Official Residences Crown Collection, is entrusted to its care and preservation on behalf of the Government of Canada for current and future generations.

The Curator, Official Residences Crown Collection is a new position responsible for the stewardship of this important collection, including acquisitions, research, conservation, inventory management, de-accessioning, loans and all agreements with donors, partners and stakeholders.  The incumbent will develop policies and procedures particular to this unique collection and appropriate to the special Official Residences environment. The ideal candidate will have an extensive knowledge of Canadian history, culture and collections relevant to the Official Residences and will provide advice and leadership on curatorial matters.  The incumbent will report to the Director, Official Residences, works closely with the Manager, Interior Design and is responsible for a small team of professionals, associated budgets as well as a warehouse facility.  

Qualifications: 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION: 
University degree with specialization in Art History, Museum or Curatorial Studies or in a field related to the position.

EXPERIENCE: 
A minimum of eight (8) years experience in the following:

  • Planning and organizing the acquisition, preservation and conservation of collections;
  • Classification and research of collections;
  • Developing policies and procedures;
  • Coordinating and managing staff.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
The successful candidate must possess a valid drivers licence with a good drivers abstract.

RATED REQUIREMENTS

KNOWLEDGE: 

  • Of curatorial and collections management professional standards, policies and practices;
  • Of Canadian history, culture and collections relevant to the Official Residences of Canada;
  • Of Canadian art history, art techniques, furniture history and conservation requirements;
  • Of classification standards and approaches for determining the national significance of collection items;  
  • Of professional organizations, expertise and resources relevant to the management of the Crown Collection;  
  • Of techniques in applying management methods and practices to provide solutions to divergent objectives, resource challenges and tight deadlines. 

COMPETENCIES: 
Candidates will have to demonstrate having the following competencies as they relate to the position.  Please refer to the NCC Middle Management Competency Profile for more information.

  • Communicating:  Conveys ideas to achieve understanding and acceptance; and inspires appropriate actions;
  • Partnering:  Seeks, establishes and maintains partnerships that share common goals, solve common problems, within a context of shared power and responsibility;
  • Teamwork:  Contributes actively by working with others collaboratively in all interactions;
  • Orchestrating:  Assigns priorities and resources to achieve objectives;
  • Client Service Orientation:  Committed to responding proactively and professionally to client needs while respecting organizational requirements;
  • Leading:  Inspires and mobilizes talents to work towards a shared vision and set of values for the Branch;
  • Facilitating:  Creates a risk tolerant environment that fosters personal commitment, growth and achievement with team, division and Branch;
  • Strategic Thinking and Decision Making:  Applies knowledge, experience, political sensitivity and sound judgment to address complex issues, problems and opportunities in a timely way;
  • Innovating:  Takes ideas and concepts and insightfully applies them to effect positive action;
  • Resilience:  Flexible.  Able to adapt to the stress and pressures of life while maintaining a state of optimal health and well-being.  Tolerates ambiguity, shifts priorities, changes style and responds with new approaches as needed to deal with the demands of changed conditions;
  • Ethics and Values:  Does the right thing for the right reasons;
  • Continuous Learning:  Continually learns and applies knowledge and promotes learning and improvement in others. 

ASSET: 
Master’s degree related to the position.

NOTES:
ALL CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT A COVER LETTER AND RÉSUMÉ WITH THEIR ON-LINE APPLICATION, OUTLINING HOW THEIR EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING MEET THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE.

If you require additional information on the position, please contact Christiane Bauer at (613) 993-0036.
For technical difficulties with the on-line application process, please contact Sylvie Corriveau at (613) 239-5775.
Hearing impaired and speech impaired persons can contact us through a Teletype Device (TTY/TDD) at (613) 239-5527.

Deadline: 
Sunday, May 30, 2010 (All day)